Canada TVO host Steve Paikin faces sexual harassment allegations from Sarah Thomson

18:11  05 february  2018
18:11  05 february  2018 Source:   Global News

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Over the weekend, an allegation of sexual harassment has come to the attention of TVO that we believe we have a responsibility to disclose. TVO became aware of this allegation on Feb. 3 when an email from former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson was sent to Steve Paikin , Host of

Steve Paikin , the host of TVO’s The Agenda, is under investigation for sexual harassment allegations involving former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson .

Steve Paikin, Sarah Thomson are posing for a picture: TVO host Steve Paikin, (left), faces sexual harassment allegations from former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson, (right).© FILE TVO host Steve Paikin, (left), faces sexual harassment allegations from former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson, (right).

Steve Paikin, the host of TVO's The Agenda, is under investigation for sexual harassment allegations involving former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson.

In a statement released by TVO Chief Executive Officer Lisa de Wilde on Monday, the public broadcaster said they became aware of the allegation on Feb. 3 when an email from Thomson was sent to Paikin in relation to comments she alleges took place at a lunch in 2010.

The station said Paikin immediately notified TVO of the email.

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Sarah Thomson alleges that Steve Paikin made inappropriate comments to her at a lunch in 2010. "We believe it is important that allegations be fully heard and investigated, adding that TVO does not "tolerate sexual harassment ."

Ontario’s public broadcaster, TVO, confirms it’s hiring a third party to investigate an allegation of sexual harassment against host Steve Paikin . Former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson made allegations on her website on the weekend.

Thomson referenced the allegation in an online post published on Feb. 2 in which she alleges Paikin asked if he could sleep with her.

"My assistant and I met him at Grano’s on Yonge Street, and the three of us ordered our lunch. Not five minutes into the lunch the host asked me if I would sleep with him," Thomson wrote.

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"My assistant almost spit his drink all over the table. I politely told the host that I loved my husband and would never do that. I then excused myself, went to the washroom and called my campaign manager."

TVO said it has appointed an independent third-party to investigate the allegations but that Paikin will remain on the job as they see "no reason to remove" him based on the evidence to date.

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Ontario’s public broadcaster, TVO, confirms it’s hiring a third party to investigate an allegation of sexual harassment against host Steve Paikin . Former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson made allegations on her website on the weekend.

Ontario's public broadcaster has launched a third-party investigation into journalist Steve Paikin over allegations of sexual harassment made by a former TVO says Thomson referenced the allegation in two articles on her website and on social media, though she doesn't name Paikin specifically.

"TVO does not tolerate sexual harassment. We believe it is important that allegations be fully heard and investigated," the statement read. "Therefore, TVO is appointing an independent third-party to investigate Ms. Thomson’s allegation."

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"However, based on the evidence to date, TVO sees no reason to remove Mr. Paikin from his role as Host for The Agenda pending the outcome of the investigation. During the investigation, stories related to this subject matter will be handled by other TVO journalists."

Thomson ran for the mayor's office in 2010 and 2014 and later withdrew both contests. She was nominated for the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for the riding of Trinity-Spadina in 2011 but placed second.

Following her withdrawal from the 2014 mayoral election, she registered to run as councillor for Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina but placed third to winner Joe Cressy.

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TORONTO – Ontario’s public broadcaster says it has launched an investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment against host Steve Paikin . TVO says Paikin is alleged to have made inappropriate comments to a woman during a lunch in 2010.

TVO said the allegation relates to alleged comments by Paikin to former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson in 2010. TORONTO — Ontario’s public broadcaster says it has launched an investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment against host Steve Paikin .

Paikin is a journalist and began working for TVO in 1992. He has hosted a number of shows for the station including Between the Lines, Fourth Reading and Studio 2. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in December 2013.

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